100 miles. Yep. I ran 100 miles in 27 days!
I wish I could say it was easy. I wish I could say I didn’t struggle. The truth is, it was fucking hard.
Day in, day out—before 12 hour shifts, after seeing 30 pts. 5 am runs when the beach is eerily quiet. Having my running buddies quit on me. Sometimes getting in 2 runs/day.
On some days I really lacked motivation. Other days, I woke up and wanted to run. Some days the run was fantastic—my pace was stellar, four miles was a cinch. On others, I hit the wall on the first mile. “you can turn back now,” my mind would note. On most days, my legs were sore and aching, a sharp pain in my left hamstring was present since week 1—“you really don’t have to complete this” my inner voice would chime in.
But no matter what…whether I woke up wanting to run, if I had a shitty day at work, if I had an amazing case I managed, if I didn’t feel like running, if it was hot or raining or cold AF (aka 60 degrees for us SoCal peeps), if my body was sore…regardless, I put my running shoes on and ran.
To “simply run” placed my goal at the forefront of my mind, everything prior to the run, everything that would await me after was suddenly unimportant—if only for those brief moments as I saw the pavement zip beneath my feet.
What did I learn?
If I can say anything about running & this challenge, it is that it imitates life. Oftentimes, you start off with a goal in mind, and you get into this trancelike feeling about what the end accomplishment will feel like—a paradise. This is good. But, as you work towards it, you realize it’s anything but a fuckin’ paradise, and you go through a series of self doubt, missteps, set backs, and constant replanning of your steps on how to get there. It is through those moments of adversity, however, that the real growth happens—how you respond to these feelings and setbacks and how you manage even on days when the motivation is absent
I realized in doing this that there’s so much that I can accomplish when I put my mind to it and that consistency is key. Sometimes achieving your goals means doing things that you’re not interested in doing but doing them anyway & putting in the work
I learned how important it is to have clear-cut, defined goals and plans on how to get there. In this case, it was distance and I knew I had to at least run roughly 3.3 miles a day . Prior to this, I’ve always wanted to run, but there was never a goal I was reaching for. Not having well-defined goals meant it was easy to create excuses for myself. “Eh, I’ll run tomorrow”….except that elusive tomorrow never came. Tracking and seeing my progress was something that also kept me going
Growing Amid Discomfort
Suffering and discomfort is humbling. You realize your weaknesses. You realize you’re not as strong as you thought you were but also that your body & mind can handle so much more than you think you can. You just have to push through the discomfort to find that resilience
I mentioned in my last post that I was in a competition with my friend to complete the 100 miles. I lost…by a couple hours, but happy that I finished & was mainly in competition with myself to see if I could do this (I say bc I lost..jk). I owe lunch…apparently
Lots of you guys liked my gear recommendations the last time. Not much has changed & I didn’t purchase anything new, except a running belt. Still really love Lululemon & nike for running shorts/tops/tanks. Still get a ton of questions on which app I use, so I’m including it again here
App: Strava—freakin love this app, tracks miles, pace, and allows you to set monthly goal. Also has a setting where it tells you which mile you’re on and the current pace. Thanks to my friend who recommended it
Running belt: Lululemon Fast and Free run belt—it was difficult to find a belt that would stay in place, hold my humongous iphone & keys. I found it in this one & 100% recommend